Scotland to face Denmark and Austria in World Cup qualifying

Steve Clarke's side have learned who they have to beat to reach the finals in Qatar.

Scotland to face Denmark and Austria in World Cup qualifying SNS Group

Scotland will face Denmark and Austria in the qualifying campaign to reach World Cup 2022.

Steve Clarke’s side will also face Israel in the qualifying group, renewing a recent rivalry after meeting in the Nations League and European Championship play-offs.

The national team will also play Faroe Islands and Moldova in the six-team group.

Scotland haven’t played a competitive match against group top seeds Denmark since the 1986 World Cup where the Danes were 1-0 winners.

Fifty-five nations are competing for just 13 places at the finals. The ten group winners qualify automatically for the tournament in Qatar in two years’ time.

The group runners-up all go into play-offs along with the best two sides from the Nations League group winners that haven’t already secured a place. Those teams are split into three paths with each path winner taking a finals place.

Qualifiers will be played from March to November next year, with the playoff in March of 2022. A full fixture list will be published once national associations have negotiated dates.

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